South India famous for its incredible scenery, is well known for its brightly decorated temples, cultural monuments, ayurvedic treatments and mouth-watering dishes. In this land of temple spires, the devout and the connoisseur of art both pay homage. Kerala tours, which include glittering beaches, lush hill stations, resplendent waterfalls and sprawling plantations and are amongst the most popular of family vacation options in all the South India tour packages. Besides the spice and surf of Kerala, highlights of South India include the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur constructed so that the shadow of its 81.3 ton monolithic cupola never falls on the ground or the Meenakshi temple at Madurai dedicated to the fish-eyed goddess. The Nizam’s splendours of Hyderabad; the garden city of Bangalore; sandalwood-scented Mysore are some of the other major attractions of South India.
India is almost a collection of countries, due to its vast size and dazzling regional array of languages, cuisines and religions. The southern states stretch from the palm-lined beaches of Goa down to the quiet Keralan Backwaters and across the Western Ghats to the thriving city of Chennai – once a hub of the British East India Company – with Bangalore, the "Garden City", on the plains in between. The state of Andhra Pradesh spans a huge part of the east coast, with Hyderabad, which is famed for its nawabs and markets at the heart. In Tamil Nadu, visitors can explore elaborately carved stone temple complexes with towering gopurams visited everyday by hundreds of pilgrims, such as the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. Chennai and the former French colony Pondicherry each have their own distinctive style of architecture. Besides the many fun beach resorts, Goa has a wealth of churches, a legacy of more than 400 years as a Portuguese colony. Few tourists make it to the remote, ruined Vijayanagara city of Hampi in Karnataka but those who do are left overwhelmed by its beauty and atmosphere. The trick with successful South India tours is to do less, rather than more, and plan to go back ! The tropical south has a different pace to the rest of India – it is slow and soothing, much like the backwaters of Kerala. Renowned for its welcoming people, lush scenery, delicious food and distinctive gopuram temples, South India is the perfect destination if you are looking for a relaxing, yet culturally stimulating escape. These spiritual cliff-backed beaches are ideal for a meditative break and some of India’s finest ayurvedic medicine is practiced in the laid-back spas and resorts of this region.
For the art-inclined, there is the stylised elegance of Bharata Natyam, the story-telling art of Kathakali and the martial-art grace of Kalaripayattu. If you are a history buff, you can loose yourself in the strange and beautiful ruins of Hampi, inhale the scent of eucalyptus from the Nilgiri hill-stations of Ootacamund or Kodaikanal. Feast your eyes on Chinese fishing nets, or catch a glimpse of France in attractive Puducherry. Finally join the procession of gloriously bedecked elephants or celebrate the sun set and moon rise at the same time on a full moon evening at Kanyakumari – India’s Land’s End.
This tour offers a combination of visiting fine temples including Khajuraho. It World heritage site famous for temples built by the Chandela rulers around the 10th century. It has much more to offer than the erotic sculptures which have made it world famous. The tour continues to three popular Tiger parks- Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench, the first one of these is famous for one of the highest density of tigers in the world. Kanha is nestled in the Maikal range of Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh.
South India is home to ancient civilisations, bustling modern cities, mountains, forests, exotic wildlife, temples, beaches and backwaters. This tour takes in a variety of destinations while still giving you the chance to see local life up close and engage with the wonderfully warm and friendly people who call this land home. Right from the iconic Meenakshi Temple of Madurai and the imposing palaces of Mysore to the pristine beaches of Kerala, you have a wide range to choose from.
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